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Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley 2006

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2006 Frank Family Zinfandel Napa is dark and rich in color, reminiscent of violets. This classic Zinfandel leads with sweet blackberry jam, white and black pepper and clove spice. Further opulence emerges as layers of black cherry, blueberry and Asian spice are exposed. The palate is big, bold and ripe with juicy brambleberry and warm plum pudding, supported by integrated tannin and spice, giving a full mid palate and setting the stage for the long supple finish. This is a California Wine.

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Frank Family Vineyards:
It’s no wonder that Rich Frank, one of Hollywood’s most creative, vibrant and ingenious players owns one of Napa Valley’s most unique wineries, Frank Family Vineyards. In the late 80s, Rich, a long-time Disney executive, couldn’t find the time to get away for long vacations. Soon he started coming to Napa on the weekends, realizing it was only a short plane flight awa... Read more
It’s no wonder that Rich Frank, one of Hollywood’s most creative, vibrant and ingenious players owns one of Napa Valley’s most unique wineries, Frank Family Vineyards. In the late 80s, Rich, a long-time Disney executive, couldn’t find the time to get away for long vacations. Soon he started coming to Napa on the weekends, realizing it was only a short plane flight away from Los Angeles. In 1990, he purchased a home in the eastern hills of Napa in Rutherford. Two years later, in 1992, Rich received a midnight phone call at his home in Los Angeles from his friend Koerner Rombauer, telling him that the Kornell Champagne Cellars on the site of historic Larkmead Winery was for sale and if there was ever a time to get into the wine business it was now. Rich wisely told Koerner to offer half the asking price, and less than 24 hours later, the two were co-owners of the Calistoga winery. In 2007, Rich Frank and Connie Frank purchased Koerner’s partnership share and assumed total control of Frank Family Vineyards. Next to the Antique Barrels Rich’s passion for the Napa Valley and Frank Family Vineyards underscores a wildly successful long-term career in Hollywood. He was Chairman of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications and headed Disney’s syndication arm Buena Vista. He was then President of Walt Disney Studios for nearly a decade and oversaw the development of The Disney Channel. Prior to his tenure at Disney, Frank was President of the Paramount Television Group, President of Chris Craft Television, one of the founders of the USA Network and also served on their board. Under Frank’s leadership, television and movie properties such as "Cheers," "Taxi," "Family Ties," "Shogun," "Winds of War," "Entertainment Tonight," "Golden Girls," "Home Improvement," "Ellen," "Regis and Kathy Lee," "Dead Poet’s Society," "Good Morning Vietnam," "Pretty Woman," "Father of the Bride," "Aladdin" and "The Lion King" achieved phenomenal success. Rich was President of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for an unprecedented six years, a board member of the MPAA for eight and Vice Chairman and Executive Board Member of the American Film Institute. He also launched Telerep, a television ad sales firm, and was a buyer and media planner at BBDO. He remains active in the Television Academy and its Foundation, of which he is a member of the Board of Directors. In April 2003, Rich stepped out of semi-retirement and founded Integrated Entertainment Partners (IEP), a brand, advertising and marketing strategy company. In March 2004, he was named Chairman of the Board, The Firm, when IEP was merged into the high-profile management company. With clients ranging from Cameron Diaz, Martin Scorsese, to Snoop Dogg and Korn, The Firm was launched in 1997 by Jeff Kwatinetz, and made its most significant acquisition in 2002, when it bought the assets of former Hollywood superagent Michael Ovitz's Artists Management Group. In 2007, the Television Academy showed its appreciation for Rich’s contributions by awarding Rich the Syd Cassyd Founders Award. The Award is named in honor of the Television Academy’s founder, and was created to recognize members who have made a significant positive impact on the Academy through their efforts and service over many years of involvement. Only the eighth time the Academy has bestowed this prestigious honor, the Award was presented to Rich at the Creative Arts Awards Show on September 8, 2007 at the Shrine Auditorium. Additionally, Rich sits on the Board of two entrepreneurial companies: Hyperfactory, a full-service mobile ideas, media and execution company; and TerraCycle, an eco-friendly consumer goods company. Never one to rest on his laurels, the former adman turned Hollywood film and TV exec stepped into his role as Napa Valley vintner with ease, running one of Napa’s most notable and profitable wineries, Frank Family Vineyards. Rich is the proud grandfather of three and currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Napa. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,752
4.50 5
03/30/2009

Nice nose starts of with some tarry, matchstick and milk chocolate notes that are joined by wild berry, boysenberry fruit tones and deep notes of spicy and pepper. A touch sweet up front then slick and polished with plenty of very fresh yet slightly exotic berry notes, boysenberry and even a touch of asphalt, chocolate shavings and dried ginger. Nice feel with good tannins and balanced acids. A very polished, complete wine with a long, fruity finish and beautiful youthful tannins. A bit rambunctious, rough and tumble but well done as such if a bit hot on the finish. 91pts

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Member Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley

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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
5.00 5
11/03/2008

the epitome of zinfandel. absolutely perfect.


Snooth User: rwb5150
107405198
4.00 5
03/31/2009

One of the greatest, small, family owned wineries. I tried this wine in the Frank Family tasting room on my honeymoon. Bristol, the vineyard yellow lab, was an awesome dog!


Snooth User: EMark
8478046,129
3.50 5
07/03/2012

This one has been under my staircase for over 2 years. Generally, the under the staircase storage is pretty good for a few years. We'll see. The cork was very good when I pulled it out. So, I am optimistic. Very dark color to this one--like a not-quite-black black plum. Unfortunately, alcohol dominates the nose. So, now I am less optimistic. Front of the tongue has very nice berry fruit and a bit of mint. Some sweetness--not clear if it is from the fruit or from the alcohol that I smelled. Some tannin and some acid. It is a smooth wine, but I think that the alcohol smell threw off my taster. Alcohol definitely pops up on the finish. Interesting that there are 17 other ratings and reviews posted here and not one (that would be zero) of them mentioned anything about alcohol. I wonder if my storage is at fault. We'll see how it goes with tonight's flank steak dinner. $28.99 at Total Wines in 2010.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,195
3.50 5
11/08/2009

- Tasted at Lee's Wine Experience 11/7/09


Snooth User: ekw590
127408348
3.50 5
03/27/2009

Cedar, leather & dark berry aromas lead to chocolate, jam and clove flavors and very smooth structure; no harsh edges.


External Reviews for Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel Napa Valley

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

Frank Family has always done a good job with Zinfandel, but their '06 is the best yet. It's rich and delicious, packed with savory black cherry, raspberry, mocha, cinnamon spice and vanilla flavors that are wrapped into wonderfully soft tannins. Really defines the so-called "claret" style of Zin.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
07/11/2011

This is zesty and loaded with cracked pepper, smoky wild berry and pepper aromas, with rich, zesty boysenberry and roasted sage flavors that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2012. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.



2006 Frank Family Zinfandel Napa is dark and rich in color, reminiscent of violets. This classic Zinfandel leads with sweet blackberry jam, white and black pepper and clove spice. Further opulence emerges as layers of black cherry, blueberry and Asian spice are exposed. The palate is big, bold and ripe with juicy brambleberry and warm plum pudding, supported by integrated tannin and spice, giving a full mid palate and setting the stage for the long supple finish. This is a California Wine.

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